LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Laurel Police Department.
As the prom season is gradually approaching us in the Pine Belt area, the Laurel Police Department would like to share a few safety tips with the area schools in hopes of keeping our children safe for the occasion.
One of the most important guidelines for the whole evening is the need for parents to be totally aware of the evening's events.
This should include timelines for the prom itself alone with before and after events.
Officials should make sure that these times aren't in conflict with local curfews. Parents should not offer to rent hotel rooms for children.
This can help to create an atmosphere for promiscuity. Although most proms have police or other forms of security, parents should volunteer to serve as chaperones when necessary. Statistics show that one of the biggest dangers to children during prom is car crashes.
One of the obvious contributors to the crashes are alcohol. The prom will often be the most important social event of a young person's life and with that comes pressure of underage drinking. Parents should discuss the consequences of alcohol and drugs prior to the event.
It is also relatively common for children to travel to and from the prom in carloads.
Although this may seem harmless, crowded vehicles help distract the already, inexperienced driver. If considering a limousine service, parents should check with the service to assure that no alcohol will be accessible.
These suggestions along with the implementation of common sense will increase the chances of making your child's prom safe and enjoyable.